Timothy Lundin, who had been photographing the world around him for over 20 years, has died. Lundin was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and died at the age of 45.

According to his website, his diverse work spanned “picturesque pastoral landscapes, lavish metropolitan occasions, and contemporary political events.” Among his many clients were The Kennedy Center,  Georgtown University and  DC Ad Club – and members may recall seeing him at Advertising Week DC in past years. Lundin also was vice chairman of the photography committee of the National Press Club and covered NPC events.

Carol Montoya, President of Potomac Management Resources, told Capitol Communicator that she met Tim in 2011 and he quickly became “our go-to photographer for most of our client events. Spending that amount of time together, we became friends outside of work. I loved Tim’s dry sense of humor and keen ability to snark. He was a good listener and offered great advice. He was a generous person and, damn, he loved his dog. When I last saw him in October. we talked about catching up on my next trip west. Tim was looking towards the future and making plans—he had no intention of giving in to the cancer. That was his determination and positivity at play and that’s what makes this such a tough loss.”

Sherri Anne Green, who worked with Lundin when she was working for an area agency and was president of DC Ad Club, told Capitol Communicator: “I was heartbroken to hear the new of Tim’s passing. His constant positivity masked the true battle he was facing. For many in the ad industry, they may remember Tim as the man behind the lens. Tim was always there to capture the fun and professionalism of our speakers and events. But what many may not know is Tim’s heart. He was a fighter, champion for others, and always there to lend a hand. With the events of 9/11, Tim went to New York immediately to help with search and rescue. He worked tireless among the first responders at Ground Zero. His involvement with the Gary Sinise Foundation was one of his favorite ways to help others. Even in the midst of fighting his own battle with cancer he continued to devote his time to others.

According to his website, Lundin first began as a travel and landscape photographer, shooting scenes from the deserts of New Mexico to the mountains of Colorado.  Later, these two passions were easily intertwined for a smooth transition into photojournalism.  Over the years, Lundin traveled to over 30 countries on three different continents, capturing the life, events and intricacies of the localities he visited.

Lundin covered multiple political campaigns in the late nineties, including the Dole and Clinton rallies in Phoenix, days prior to the presidential election of 1996.  While serving as a volunteer rescue worker, he also took time to document the devastating Ground Zero pit just days after the World Trade Center Twin Towers fell in New York City in 2001.  Lundin chronicled the juxtaposition of beauty and poverty in Cuba weeks before Fidel Castro relinquished control to his brother Raúl in 2006, and he also covered the history-making Inauguration Day of President Obama in 2009.

Lundin’s work has been published and viewed around the world.  His photos have appeared in local and national newspapers across the country and world, and across diverse websites such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, The Independent and The Washingtonian.

Lundin left the D.C. area in 2017 and moved to Denver where his wife was enrolled in graduate courses. According to Carol Montoya, he worked as a photographer for the Gary Sinise Foundation and “talked a lot about how much he enjoyed that work and the efforts of Gary to bring some sunshine to the families of the fallen. After 9/11 he traveled to New York to work as a first responder at Ground Zero.”

He will be interred at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.